VOLUNTARY SECTOR COMPACT
UK: Local Politics
DISTRICT COUNCIL/VOLUNTARY SECTOR
is important to all organisations. Both the District Council
and the local Voluntary Sector see it as essential to development of
a Community Strategy to promote the economic, social and
environmental well-being of residents in Wealden.
newly established Local Strategic Partnership has confirmed that
partnership benefits local people by making the best use of
resources and by fostering opportunities to develop services.
Both development and implementation of a Community Strategy for the Wealden
area and the Councilís on-going
review of services to secure Best Value will benefit from the role
local voluntary groups can play. The following outlines key
elements for joint working and underlying principles.
elements for Joint Working
and meaningful methods of consultation and decision-making should
be in place to enable the voluntary sector and the District Council
to plan future services to best
advantage. Wealden are failing to communicate effectively because
there are so many hidden agendas. The council is forever looking
over its shoulder to see if yet another scandal has been
The capacity of the voluntary sector should be enhanced through a commitment to information sharing, training and practical support to organisations and people working in the sector. Funding and other resources should be organised in such a way as to help both sectors to meet their mutual objectives and encourage longer term planning.
organisations and the District Council
should work together to promote
services of voluntary organisations should be equally available to
everyone within the community. Opportunities
for development in the voluntary sector should be equally accessible
to all organisations.
Principles to support this Compact
common purpose to improve the welfare of all those living in
mutual understanding of needs and difficulties.
in the strengths of both the statutory and voluntary sectors.
for the achievements and the needs of the communities we serve and
in dealings with our partners.
points overleaf will form the basis of the District Council
and the voluntary sector continuing to work together for the benefit
of the community as a whole. This
is, however, an evolving document which will be revisited
periodically, to reflect the changing and increasingly demanding
environment in which we are all working together.
It is also recognised that there is a need to work together to develop Codes of Practice to put in place practical steps and undertakings to underpin the Compact and ensure it is a meaningful and effective statement. 19 July 2001